5 days trip Altyn Emel+Charyn+Kaindy, Kolsay lakes+Waterfall

Altyn-Emel National Park, which is located in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, is a unique and amazing place, one of the bright pearls of Semirichye.

Many have heard about the Singing Dune which located on the territory of the National Park, but not everybody knows that in those parts it is possible and necessary to see the picturesque and unusual mountains of Aktau and Volcanic Katutau. 

To the tour we can include another place with a cosmic views Charyn canyon. It is one of the most picturesque places and best trips in Almaty region. A lot of visitors of Charyn then sayed that they saw in Kazakhstan small copy of the Grand Canyon. 

On the way we can see farm animals horses, sheeps, cows. Wild animals and birds like golden eagles, jerboa, partridge, kulans, and etc.

On the way to the Saty village near of the Kolsay & Kaindy lakes there will be an amazing change of landscapes. First, at the foot of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains there are juicy and green meadows, fields, gardens and forests. And moving away to the east it will be replaced by the dry mountains and the valley of the Charyn river. And then again plunge near the Saty village into a riot of vegetation and rivers.

Movement along the gorge directly to the lake passes along a gravel road, where we cross the river twice by car. On the way there is a lot of sea buckthorn, barberry, raspberry. And also we pass the famous birch grove of Russian birch trees.

On the beautiful Kolsay lakes you can go boating and try to swim in a cold mountain water.

Turgen gorge is simply amazing for its beauty and lots of attractions. One of them is waterfalls. Kairaksky is the largest of waterfalls that adorn the slopes of the Turgensky gorge. Its h is about 55 m. From the Kazakh language the word "kairak" is translated as "sharpening bar, sharpening". The choice of such a name becomes clear as soon as a rapidly falling cascade of water opens to the gaze. The power of the stream, which has made its way through the rocks in the riverbed of the Bozgul (tributary Turgen) through the cliffs, can impress anyone who has traveled 8 km. Fatigue you do not feel, except that a small rise on the outskirts of the waterfall will force slightly to strain the muscles of the legs.

The program:

First day: leave the Almaty at 6 am and arrive to Altyn Emel park.Visit Aktay and Katytau mountains. It takes near of 1.5 hours to get to the Aktau.Have lunch in guesthouse in village. Then way to the Singing dunes. Walking to the top of Dunes. Views of the Ili river. The guests should be ready that roads in Altyn Emel park are really off-road. Overnight in  guests house in Bashy village.

Second day: start at 8 am way near of 2 hours to the Charyn canyon via Ash-tree grove. Walking through the canyon 4 km near of 2 hours. After the walking way near of 2 hours to the Saty village for a lunch. After lunch get  by car to the Kaindy Lake. There it will be light trekking to the lake near of 2 hours. Stopping at the birch grove. Back way to Saty village for a night.

The third day starts at 9am. Get by car to the Kolsay 1. Then by foot trekking to the Kolsay lake 2. It takes 7 km to get to the lake. Possible to use the horses. Back to the homestay in Saty village for overnight.

4 day: start at 8 am and arrive to the Turgen gorge to see the waterfall Kairak. There it will be hiking near of 8 km in one direction to go waterfall. After trekking to the lake fishing at the thought farm and dinner. Overnight in guesthouse in gorge.

5 day: start day at 9 and get to the Plateau Assy.

Departure to the Almaty city at 7 pm.


Price 165$ per a day ( car with driver and guide)

Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Meal& drinks, accommodate, entrance tickets to park
What to bring: Passports, Hats & clothers with long sleeves, sport shoes
Transport: Minivan
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.